The Quality Board for Icelandic Higher Education is an ENQA Affiliate.
The Quality Board is an independent, international body, established in 2010 by the Ministry for Icelandic Higher Education to design and implement the “Quality Enhancement Framework” (QEF). QEF’s mission is to safeguard the standards and enhance the quality of Icelandic higher education and the management of research activities. The Quality Board is also regularly commissioned to conduct special reviews in focused areas of higher education and research. Its mission is to safeguard the standards and enhance the quality of Icelandic higher education and the management of research activities.
When the Quality Board was established, it was faced with the task of designing a model and processes that were appropriate for the small but very diverse higher education sector in Iceland with its own history and traditions, a variety of experience with quality assurance and enhancement, a variety of public and private institutions, a variety of missions, and all in a country with its own strong culture, legal and social framework. Therefore, the Board decided that the future system should be developed through extensive consultation and be able to be utilised and add value in this wide variety of contexts. Consulting and advice seeking have been key hallmarks of the Board’s style of operation ever since.